Care for your gaming devices is essential to ensure proper functioning and durability. Proper maintenance ensures gaming devices’ durability and functionality, whether you’re playing your favorite games or just catching up on Super Bowl stats.
Protecting gaming devices shouldn’t have to be expensive. With some cost-effective tips, you can ensure your devices last as long as possible. There are six easy ways to care for your gaming devices to ensure the best gaming experience.
Keep Things Cool
Gaming consoles, PCs, and handheld devices get hot when in use. Prolonged exposure to high temperatures can affect console and PC performance. High temperatures can also reduce their lifespans.
Avoid placing game consoles and PCs in enclosed places such as wooden or glass cabinets. Keeping devices away from direct sunlight is also crucial in keeping them cool. CPUs and GPUs can run very hot when under load. So, keeping PCs and consoles cool is a must.
Handheld devices can also run hot during gameplay. Therefore, a good rule of thumb is to avoid using handheld devices while charging. Doing so helps protect battery life while ensuring top performance.
Blow The Dust Away
Dust can easily get inside electronics. Dust can also significantly impact performance and durability. That is why keeping dust away is essential to protecting gaming devices safely. Using compressed air is a great way to keep dust away safely.
Avoid using solvents or aerosols as they may harm the electronics inside devices. Above all, avoid moisture, as it can also harm electronics. That is why a can of compressed air can be your best weapon in keeping gaming devices free from dust and unwanted moisture.
Use Slip-Resistant Grip Covers
Dropping controllers and handheld devices can put a premature end to their lives. So, using slip-resistant grip covers can be a true lifesaver. Slip-resistant grip covers allow you to keep a firm handle on your gaming devices.
Grip covers improve the feel while saving devices from wear and tear. Plus, you can personalize your devices with cool designs.
On the whole, slip-resistant grips are cheap compared to the cost of replacing a device. So it’s worth spending a few dollars on a slip-resistant cover. It can keep your gaming devices from sudden demise.
Keep Devices Looking Neat
Like dust, dirt can get everywhere. Dirt affects your gaming devices’ visual appeal and can also impact their overall performance. A dry cloth may not be enough to get the dirt out of those little nooks and crannies.
A good option is banishing dirt with a cleaning gel. Cleaning gels keep electronics looking neat while keeping dirt and debris away. Best of all, cleaning gels work on all devices, such as consoles, PCs, keyboards, mice, controllers, speakers, and monitors.
Tackle Unwanted Bacteria
Now, more than ever, tackling unwanted bacteria is essential. Compressed air and cleaning gels can do a great job of keeping your gaming devices looking great, but they won’t get rid of bacteria. In addition, sweat, dirt, food, drinks, and dust can bring bacteria.
Surface wipes are an excellent option to keep unwanted bacteria away from controllers, keyboards, and mice. However, please avoid using anti-bacterial wipes on electronics. Moisture can wreak havoc on sensitive components.
Avoid High Places
Keeping CPUs and consoles in high places can be a recipe for disaster. Sudden movements (especially if you have kids running around), such as someone bumping into an entertainment center, can spell the end for expensive gaming equipment.
A good rule of thumb is to keep consoles and CPUs close to the ground but without resting on the floor. Placing consoles on the floor can negatively impact their performance, especially when floors get hot or trap moisture.
The Low Down
Protecting your gaming devices involves some routine maintenance. However, keeping devices cool and free from dirt can go a long way toward extending device lifetimes and maximizing performance.
Remember that you don’t need to break the bank to protect your devices. Items such as compressed air, wipes, and cleaning gels are cost-effective ways to save your devices. On the other hand, skimping on items such as slip-resistant covers can prove costly in the end.
Lynn Martelli is an editor at Readability. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University and has worked as an editor for over 10 years. Lynn has edited a wide variety of books, including fiction, non-fiction, memoirs, and more. In her free time, Lynn enjoys reading, writing, and spending time with her family and friends.